Articles from the June 20, 2024 edition


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  • Balancing the budget

    Hannah Romero, Editor|Jun 20, 2024

    The City of Green River is headed into the new fiscal year with a balanced budget. While revenues are expected to be up by about half a million dollars this year compared to last year's estimates, city expenses in restricted and designated reserves are expected to be roughly $2.8 million higher than in last year's budget. Still, the budget leaves money left over for the city, and city officials are hopeful for increased revenue in the future. The council voted unanimously to approve the Fiscal...

  • County continues to see development

    Hannah Romero, Editor|Jun 20, 2024

    Sweetwater County continues to see growth, from plans for new development - including new housing - to the improvement of existing services. The Sweetwater County Board of County Commissioners addressed and discussed some of the recent growth in the county during the June 18 meeting, from approving Planning and Zoning resolutions to hearing an update from Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County. One of the Planning and Zoning resolutions the commissioners approved was for a zoning amendment to al...

  • Saving lives with a smile

    Jun 20, 2024

    Charles Pope smiles while donating blood during the annual "Battle of the Badges" blood drive last Wednesday. Those who participated had the chance to not only save lives but also get a free t-shirt and vote for their favorite emergency responders.... Full story

  • Sharing the colors of Pride

    Jun 20, 2024

    Izzy Strumsky, Erika Strumsky, Alex Smith, Dominick Leasor, and Luka Smith participated in the Color Party Finale at the Pride in the Park event hosted by Green River PFLAG last weekend.... Full story

  • Marion Toney

    Jun 20, 2024

    Marion Toney, 79, passed away Wednesday, June 5, 2024 at her home in Green River, Wyoming. She made Green River her home for 46 years and was a former resident of California and Washington. Marion was born August 9, 1944 in Enid, Oklahoma; the daughter of McKeever Poe and Mayola Starnes. She attended school in Vancouver Washington and was a graduate of Hudson Bay High School, where she was a part of the Bayonetta Drill Team and even performed in Portland's Rose Parade. For 31 years at FMC... Full story

  • Anna "Mae" Margaret Bazzanella

    Jun 20, 2024

    Anna "Mae" Margaret Bazzanella, 82, passed away peacefully, at home, on June 11, 2024. She was a lifelong resident of Rock Springs, Wyoming. She died of a brief illness. Mrs. Bazzanella was born on September 1, 1941, in Rock Springs, Wyoming; the daughter of John Ribovich and Catherine (Sekerak) Ribovich. She attended schools in Rock Springs and was a 1959 graduate of Rock Springs High School. Anna married Albert Martin Bazzanella, June 27, 1959 in Rock Springs, Wyoming. He preceded her in... Full story

  • Joanna Rae Hawkins

    Jun 20, 2024

    Joanna Rae Hawkins, 67, passed away Tuesday, June 4, 2024 at her home. She was a resident of Green River, Wyoming for the past six years and former resident of Snohomish, Washington. She died following a 10 year illness. She was born January 3, 1957 in Lewiston, Idaho; the daughter of James Roos and Betty Jo Christiansen. Joanna attended schools in Lewiston, Idaho and was a 1975 graduate of Lewiston High School. She attended college at Everett Community College and received her Nursing Degree.... Full story

  • Janet Sue Hoyt

    Jun 20, 2024

    Janet Sue Hoyt, 76, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on Tuesday, May 14, 2024 at her home in Green River, Wyoming. She resided in Green River for over 50 years and was a former resident of Laramie, Wyoming. She was born August 26, 1947 in Laramie, Wyoming; the daughter of Delbert Eugene Cuthbertson and Mildred L. Pike. Janet attended school in Laramie and graduated from Laramie High School in 1965. She married her soulmate William Joseph Hoyt in Laramie, Wyoming on... Full story

  • Joyce Arlene Langford (Deichmueller) (Updated services)

    Jun 20, 2024

    Joyce Arlene Langford (Deichmueller) passed away peacefully on February 22, 2024, at Circle of Life Hospice, in Bentonville, Arkansas. She passed with her beloved daughter Elizabeth by her side, at the age of 81. She was born on September 25, 1942, in Rock Springs, Wyoming. Joyce was a beloved postal carrier for the USPS. She dedicated her life to serving her community and church, spreading love and joy throughout her life. Joyce loved God and her family dearly. She had a passion for baking,... Full story

  • William "Bill" Woodward

    Jun 20, 2024

    William "Bill" Woodward, 94, passed away peacefully at Deer Trail Assisted Living, Friday, June 14, 2024 in Rock Springs, Wyoming. He was a four-and-a-half-year resident of Rock Springs, and former resident of Rawlins, Wyoming. He was born July 17, 1929 in Coffeyville, Kansas; the son of Arthur Woodward and Leona Ernie. Mr. Woodward attended schools in Rawlins, and was a 1947 graduate of Rawlins High School. He worked for State of Wyoming at Rawlins Penitentiary and State Hospital in Evanston... Full story

  • Dr. Thomas E. Spicer, M.D.

    Jun 20, 2024

    Dr. Thomas E. Spicer, M.D. passed away on June 15th, 2024 after living a full and enormous life. Tom was born on Independence Day, July 4, 1948 in Rock Springs, Wyoming, the son of Eldon and Beverly Spicer. He grew up splitting his time between the family home on Virginia Street in Rock Springs and the family sheep ranch north of Farson. He had two sisters and two brothers. He graduated from the old Rock Springs High School in 1966 and attended the University of Wyoming where he was a proud... Full story

  • Stanley Frolic Jr.

    Jun 20, 2024

    Stanley Frolic Jr., 80, passed away Thursday, June 13, 2024 at his home in Rock Springs, Wyoming. He was a life-long resident of Rock Springs. Mr. Frolic was born June 11, 1944 in Rock Springs, Wyoming; the son of Stanley Frolich and Lyla Husak Frolich. He attended schools in Rock Springs and was a 1962 graduate of Rock Springs High School. Stanley married Faye Gray on December 6, 1975 in Rock Springs; she preceded him in death July 8, 2021 in Des Moines, Iowa. Mr. Frolic served in the United... Full story

  • Michelle Nicole Fierro

    Jun 20, 2024

    Michelle Nicole Fierro, 51, passed away peacefully at her home in Green River, Wyoming on June 11, 2024. She was born on October 30, 1972 in Portland, Oregon, the daughter of John Koellermeier and Virginia Smith. Michelle married Eloy Fierro in Green River on March 28, 2015. She worked at Subway. Michelle enjoyed spending her time singing, dancing, and watching movies & wrestling. She made friends wherever she went. She danced to the beat of her own drum and always made the people around her... Full story

  • While I was in Washington

    Danielle Salas, Contributor|Jun 20, 2024

    This past week I was lucky enough to visit Washington D.C. with my daughter as part of The Gold Medal Summit for Congressional Gold Medal award recipients. The Congressional Award Program was actually started here in our great state of Wyoming in 1979 by Wyoming Senator Malcom Wallop. It is the highest civilian honor awarded to the youth of our country for participating and recording nearly one thousand hours of Voluntary Public Service, Physical Fitness, Personal Development along with...

  • Letter to the Editor: Upcoming circus mistreats animals

    Jun 20, 2024

    Dear Editor, I am disappointed to learn that Jordan World Circus is scheduled to visit Rock Springs on June 25 given its history of recurrent violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act. The USDA has cited Jordan World Circus numerous times for providing inadequate, unsafe enclosures and depriving animals of proper veterinary care, nutritious food, clean water, and shelter from the elements. Despite prior violations, Jordan World Circus continues to hire outside exhibitors to feature potentially dangerous large, wild animals such as...

  • Green River Police Department reports for June 11 - 16

    Jun 20, 2024

    Green River Police Department reports for June 11 At 1:27 a.m., officers conducted a traffic stop and issued a warning for an alleged compulsory auto insurance violation - first offense. At 12:46 p.m., officers conducted a traffic stop and issued a warning for alleged speed. At 1:15 p.m., officers responded to a report of stalking. At 1:17 p.m., officers responded to a report of an alcohol offense. At 2:18 p.m., officers responded to a report of a traffic offense. At 2:52 p.m., officers responde... Full story

  • Wyo. woman convicted for child abuse, assault

    From the US Attorneys Office District of Wyo.|Jun 20, 2024

    Kandace Sitting Eagle, 33, of Arapahoe, Wyoming, was convicted by a federal jury on Jun. 13, for aggravated child abuse, assault resulting in serious bodily injury, and assault with a dangerous weapon. The four-day trial was held before U.S. District Court Judge Alan B. Johnson, in Cheyenne. According to trial evidence, on Dec. 12, 2023, an Arapahoe school resource officer conducted a welfare check on a 13-year-old student that had not been to school in over a month. He eventually found the child in a crawl space under the trailer where the par...

  • Reviving a community landmark

    Lauren Lee, Contributor|Jun 20, 2024

    In a world where fast food chains dominate, there's something profoundly heartwarming about a classic American diner making a triumphant return. Rock Springs' beloved Grub's Drive-In has reopened its doors, inviting the community to relish the flavors and memories that have been cherished for decades. Under the new ownership of Green River residents Jaycia and Justen Hunt, this landmark is not just serving burgers; it's serving slices of history and heaps of nostalgia. Grub's Drive-In first open...

  • Inspiring minds: Pepper Rynio-Brandt named Teacher of the Year

    Lauren Lee, Contributor|Jun 20, 2024

    When you walk into Pepper Rynio-Brandt's classroom at Green River High School, you're immediately struck by the warmth and energy that radiate from within. Walls adorned with inspiring quotes from literary giants and student artwork set the stage for an environment where creativity and learning thrive. Mrs. Rynio-Brandt, a dedicated English teacher with an infectious passion for literature, has recently been honored with the prestigious Teacher of the Year award for Sweetwater County School...

  • Bringing a classic to life: Horizon presents "The Wizard of Oz"

    Hannah Romero, Editor|Jun 20, 2024

    "Somewhere over the rainbow" is coming to Sweetwater County this weekend, and it's taking a community nearly the size of Oz to make it happen. The Horizon Theater's newest production brings the classic story of "The Wizard of Oz" to life on the stage. The local theater company's board voted on the musical when deciding what shows to produce because of their love for the story. But when it came to making it happen, Director and Horizon Co-Founder Cory Schaeperkoetter admitted they may have...

  • Knights compete strong at Pocatello Wood Bat Classic Tournament

    Tessa Robinson, Contributor|Jun 20, 2024

    The Green River Knights Legion Baseball team traveled to Pocatello, Idaho last week to compete in the Pocatello Wood Bat Classic tournament. For the Knights' first game in the tournament, they played against the Stansbury Blazers from Utah on Wednesday, June 12. In the first inning, neither team scored. During the second inning, the Knights let the lead slip, scoring zero runs to the Blazers' two. The Knights then got on the board during the third inning, where both teams scored two runs. Next...

  • Former Wolves Basketball player competes in annual Wyoming-Montana All-Star Series

    Staff Report|Jun 20, 2024

    Former Wolves Basketball player Theran Archibald competed in the Wyoming-Montana All-Star Basketball Series on June 14 at the Pronghorn Center in Gillette, Wyoming. The Wyoming-Montana All Star Series features committee-nominated top talent from Wyoming and Montana. The Wyoming team's roster was made up of Archibald from Green River, Joe Sawyer from Cheyenne, Bodie Williams from Gillette, Levi Curtis from Douglas, Chase Talich from Cheyenne, Sam Shumway from Cheyenne, Trey Rinn from Douglas,...

  • Hospital awards three scholarships

    Deb Sutton, MHSC Marketing Director|Jun 20, 2024

    Three Sweetwater County high school graduates are Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County scholarship recipients. Makaylee Hitt, Chris Wilson, and Presley Frink all received scholarships. Two of the scholarships were awarded by the MHSC General Medical staff. Hitt, a Rock Springs High School graduate, and Wilson, a Green River High School graduate, each received a $3,000 scholarship. The hospital contributes $1,500 and the medical staff contributes $1,500 to each scholarship. Frink received a $3,... Full story

  • Hospital hires Gerry Johnston as new Facilities Director

    Jun 20, 2024

    Tackling something different every day in his job at Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County is what Gerry Johnston likes best about his job. Johnston, MHSC's new Facilities Director, has worked at the hospital for 10 years and says no two days are the same. "I absolutely love my job here at MHSC," Johnston said. "There is and always has been something different every day. I love the environment and the people. I am excited to come to work and see what difference I might be able to make." Johnsto... Full story

  • Mammography chair makes a big difference

    Deb Sutton, MHSC Marketing Director|Jun 20, 2024

    With safe, seated mammography trending in the United States and Europe, Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County says its use of the Danish-made VELA Mammography Chair has provided significant physical benefits for patients, health benefits for mammographers, and better breast imaging. Tracie Soller, MHSC Director of Imaging, explained that while many patients are comfortable in the traditional standing position, the mammography chair is appropriate for mammograms for women who are not steady on... Full story

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